Kelsey Griffin Commits to South Carolina: Will 4-Star DT Make Georgia Pay?
Mill Creek (Ga.) 4-star defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin has committed to play college football for the South Carolina Gamecocks, which is bad news for the Georgia Bulldogs.
This is the same player who committed to Georgia back in September, before decommitting on the same day as Georgia apparently didn't accept his commitment.
It was a strange story, but in the end, the rival Gamecocks were able to capitalize. Kipp Adams of ESPN Tweeted the news:
#ESPN150 DL Kelsey Griffin has committed to South Carolina. Blog post coming shortly.— Kipp Adams/ESPN (@KippLAdams) October 10, 2012
In his report, Adams quoted Griffin's coach, Shannon Jarvis:
"Kelsey has just informed me and the coaches at the University of South Carolina that he is committing to play football there next fall," Jarvis said. "Kelsey attended the South Carolina-Georgia game on an unofficial visit this weekend and returned home to finalize his decision with his parents this week. Kelsey had offers from schools across the entire country before narrowing his choices to South Carolina and UGA this summer. He is very excited about the opportunity to play for the University of South Carolina and be apart of their continued success."
It appears as though this commitment will stick, and it's a commitment that will have some major implications for both Georgia and South Carolina.
Will Griffin make Georgia pay for turning down his commitment?
I don't see it as a coincidence that the 4-star defensive tackle made his decision after watching South Carolina beat up on the aforementioned Bulldogs this past weekend.
Georgia looked absolutely horrible against the Gamecocks, losing 35-7, and one can only imagine that it was a sweet moment for their former commitment—if we even want to consider him that.
Will not accepting Griffin haunt Georgia?
At 6'2'', 290 pounds, Griffin is a very big pickup for the Gamecocks. Even more impressive than his size is the fact he runs a 4.70 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports.com. He's incredibly fast for his size, and that's going to make him very valuable for South Carolina.
He's big enough to keep his gap integrity as a defensive lineman, but he'll be able to easily pursue the ball in the backfield and make big plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage.
I can only imagine that many of those plays will come against the Georgia Bulldogs in the next few years.
He has the talent to be a great college football player, and the last thing you want to do is give a player with a ton of talent more motivation to beat you.
The Bulldogs have given Griffin all the motivation in the world to come out and wreak havoc in their backfield. He'll want to prove that they made the wrong decision by not accepting his commitment, and he'll want to do it in a big way.
This can't be anything but bad news for the Bulldogs.
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